Idha Valeur

Material Marvels: The Vespa

Piaggio’s most iconic product was revealed in the Rome Golf Club in 1946 – a scooter named Vespa. Idha Valeur looks at the history behind the creation, its evolution and the materials used.

Reducing tissue growth around pacemakers

Materials World magazine
A membrane with a special surface structure reduces tissue growth around pacemakers resulting in simpler replacement surgeries. Idha Valeur reports.

Controlling heat with ceramic nanotubes

Materials World magazine
New ceramic nanotubes could prolong aircraft engine coatings by controlling high-temperature heat radiation. Idha Valeur reports.

Eliminating cracks in 3D printed metal

Materials World magazine
A 3D printing laser technique could create metal alloy components with increased damage tolerance and resistance to high temperatures. Idha Valeur reports.

New turbine oil improves efficiency

Materials World magazine
A new oil is claimed to improve bearing and turbine efficiency. Idha Valeur finds out more.

Protecting military dogs' hearing with flexible materials

Materials World magazine
A new type of flexible wearable gear helps protect the sensitive hearing of military dogs.

Commercialising graphene products

Materials World magazine
Graphene Flagship is launching eleven new projects to help prototypes enter the market commercially. Idha Valeur reports.

Offshore wind energy – an outlook

Materials World magazine
Late October 2019, the International Energy Agency released a study that suggested offshore wind could become a US$1tln industry. Idha Valeur looks into the projections, limitations and possibilities.

A flexible implant could lead to better hearing

Materials World magazine
Making hearing implants soft and more flexible could help people with dysfunctional inner ears to hear again. Idha Valeur reports.

Capturing sulphur to make it useful

Materials World magazine
Molecular organic frameworks could trap sulphur dioxide from ambient air to use as a raw material and prevent it going to waste. Idha Valeur reports.


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